The legal use of Tasers for pain compliance -- hurting people so badly that they are rendered submissive -- is common. This is legal torture. It doesn't stop being torture, and it doesn't stop being wrong, when inflicted to make someone obey police orders.
But if we cannot pressure media to play the video of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas on a loop or force the Department of Justice to investigate a two-year old case then we have no power at all.
Canterbury, known to some as Obi-Wan Canternobi, must have witnessed some sort of horrible crime at a Toys "R" Us store, because he did what any honorable Jedi would do and acted to stop it -- unsheathing both of his deadly lightsabers and attacking three would-be perpetrators.
Kelly Thomas's beating death is hardly a case of nuances. It's clear that Kelly Thomas's death should never have happened. I feel confident in saying that it couldn't, wouldn't happen in my town.
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Last week, news about the latest aid ship aiming to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza received little media attention. Tragically, all parties involved finally did what they were supposed to do and not many people heard about it.
It's interesting that police are using tasers that haven't even been cleared properly by scientists. It should concern people who aren't gun-wielding psychopaths, and may one day be at the receiving end of 50,000 volts of state sanctioned torture.
Must we see every single act of wrongdoing, even minor ones, through the prism of 9/11? Is a fan running on a field in the same ballpark with killing nearly 3,000 people?
Perhaps we should be relieved the feds are trying Khalid Sheikh Mohamed. If left to the locals, we might have a lapse like City Hall's invitation to a Brooklyn imam linked to the first World Trade Center attack.
The media is portraying Winkfein as an irrational hag, who somehow deserved to be shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity after getting mouthy with a police officer.
The widow of an Emergency Service lieutenant who killed himself a year ago is blaming the tragedy on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, his spokesman and other unnamed top brass.
On October 1, President Bush deployed a brigade -- which means three to four thousand warriors -- somewhere in America. Troops on our streets make us something less than a democracy.
I don't remember how old I was the first time it happened. I couldn't have been more than ten years old. We were in Philadelphia -- my mother, my youn...
As technology makes possible availability and acceptance of "non-lethal" weapons, one also has to wonder about their impact on police practices and the exercise of civil liberties.
Penn State has one of the U.S. Navy's top civilian research facilities, where it's developing non-lethal weapons. But the government may be using the illusion of good intentions to mask its more pressing agenda.